General Manager Rick Spielman confirmed as much on Thursday afternoon.
In a move that should officially mark the end of Adrian Peterson's time in Minnesota, the Vikings announced late last night that they had agreed to terms with former Oakland Raiders running back, Latavius Murray, who had visited the team on Tuesday.
Peterson has been an unrestricted free agent since March 9 when Minnesota declined to exercise the 2017 option on his contract.
"Adrian will be moving on", Spielman said on a conference call with local reporters. Murray recognizes that Peterson is a Vikings legend and wants to make his own mark with the team going forward.
Drafted in the sixth round of the 2013 NFL Draft out of Central Florida, Murray was named to the 2015 Pro Bowl. He has rushed for 2,278 yards and 20 touchdowns.
So while Murray isn't exactly Peterson is his prime, neither is the current version of A.P. and as we know, free agency is often about timing and circumstance more than anything else.
There were 88 running backs to notch at least 30 rushing attempts past year.
Murray goes on to say, "There wasn't a thought in my mind to try and wear or ask for the #28". In 2014, a grand jury in Texas indicted Peterson on charges of reckless or negligent injury to a child. Murray is 27, and McKinnon will turn 25 in two months. Over 16 games, Minnesota started eight different combinations of linemen, with 12 different players seeing action on the line throughout the year. Murray signed a three-year contract worth "roughly" $15 million, but the deal can reportedly be voided after one season.
Free agent tight end Jared Cook, who played for Green Bay previous year, also visited Winter Park on Wednesday with Murray.